Rebirth in West Warwick

By PHILIP EIL  |  August 1, 2013

In the weeks to come, Manchester 65 will host acts that aren’t so different from the kind that used to pass through town: Scarab — The Ultimate Journey Experience, and the Kiss tribute band Kiss Forever! And Vickers proudly touts that he has a few “nationals” like Candlebox and Robbie Krieger from the Doors lined up.

And, for now at least, it seems that Councilman Kenehan’s dreams of spillover economic activity have already been realized. Before the venue doors open for the Rebirth show, I meet two friends, Phil Moss and Steph Kexel, who are sitting in their car puffing e-cigarettes. They’ve driven over an hour from Connecticut to be here, Kexel says. She found Manchester 65 after she finished watching a season of HBO’s New Orleans-based series Treme and went searching online for a place to hear some of the show’s featured music.

Tonight, when they arrived in town, they bought dinner at the local Subway, she says. And before they leave, they plan on filling their tank with gas that’s cheaper than it is back home.

And as they were driving around, they also made a brief stop at 211 Cowesett Avenue — the former site of the Station, Moss adds.

“We were finding some place to eat and it showed up on the Google Maps and I said, ‘Hey, there’s the memorial,’ ” he says. “And so we stopped and checked it out.”

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